Robert Zemeckis‘ real-life drama has found a villain in German actor Falk Hentschel.
The untitled Universal project is based on Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 doc Marwencol, which followed a man who builds a miniature WWII-era village as a way to recover from a violent assault.
Steve Carell will be starring as artist Mark Hogancamp, who give himself a fictitious alter ego that lives inside the village. Hentschel will play “Hauptsturmsfuhrer Ludwig Topf,” the sadistic Nazi captain to a squad of SS Storm Troopers who terrify the people of Belgium.
Janelle Monae, Leslie Mann and Eiza González also star.
Zemeckis co-wrote the screenplay with Caroline Thompson and will produce via his Uni-based ImageMovers, along with Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey, as well as Cherylanne Martin. Malmberg and Jeckie Levine will exec produce. Maradith Frenkel and Chloe Yellin will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
Hentschel is known for playing Hawkman in Greg Berlanti’s DC superhero CW shows, including The Flash and Arrow. The German actor’s feature credits include White House Down and Transcendence.
He is repped by APA, Silver Lining Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman.